Paper assesses the potential of ‘meaning in life’ measure

A paper that evaluates the assessment of ‘meaning in life’, one of the core components of psychological wellbeing according to OPHI’s Missing Dimensions research, has been published in the International Journal of Wellbeing.

‘Assessing meaning in life on an international scale: Psychometric evidence for the meaning in life questionnaire-short form among Chilean households’, by Michael F Steger and Emma Samman, focuses on a psychometric evaluation of a short measure of meaning in life to be used in the international measurement of wellbeing, using data from a nationally-representative sample of households in Chile.

The paper concludes that the Meaning in Life Questionnaire-Short Form (MLQ-SF) shows distinct promise as a measure of a core component of wellbeing—meaning in life—in international research.

OPHI’s Missing Dimensions research proposes seven indicators of psychological and subjective wellbeing. The indicators of psychological wellbeing are meaning in life, autonomy, competence and relatedness, while the indicators of subjective wellbeing are overall life satisfaction, domain-specific satisfaction and happiness.